Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great;
for it is better to be told, "Come up here," than to be put lower in the presence of a noble. What your eyes have seen
do not hastily bring into court; for a what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame?
Argue your case with your neighbor directly, and do not disclose another's secret;
or else someone who hears you will bring shame upon you, and your ill repute will have no end.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise rebuke to a listening ear.
Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest are faithful messengers to those who send them; they refresh the spirit of their masters.
Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of a gift never given.
With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue can break bones.
If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, or else, having too much, you will vomit it.
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (New Revised Standard Bible Version Online)